Water retention is a condition where fluids accumulate in the tissues and cavities, as well as the circulatory system. It can result in swelling of the ankles, legs, hands, feet and it usually affects women during or before pregnancy. People that don’t live a physically active lifestyle are also at risk, as well as people who take medications for a longer period of time.
And although most causes of edema are not life-threatening, it can lead to the development of kidney diseases and even heart failure.
Down below are 6 of the most common causes of water retention:
Excessive Consumption of Salt
Sticking to a diet regime rich in salt, and not consuming enough water throughout the day will make your body use its reserves, which leads to it retaining water. Therefore, avoid excessive consumption of not only salt, but processed foods and processed meats as well, and implement Celtic or Himalayan salt in your diet, as they are far healthier alternatives.
Magnesium deficiency is another top cause of water retention. We are all aware that magnesium is an essential mineral for all body functions, meaning that if your body is deficient in magnesium, it can obstruct the proper function of the body.
According to a study, 200 milligrams of magnesium on daily basis can reduce edema in women. Also, be sure to consume foods rich in magnesium such as dark chocolate, spinach, yogurt, dried fruits, dark green vegetables, peas, nuts and supplements.
Vitamin B6 Deficiency
Many aspects of the water balance in our body are controlled by vitamin B6, so if your body lacks the vitamin, it can result in edema.
According to a study published in the Journal of Caring Sciences, women who had edema caused by premenstrual syndrome improved their condition by just taking vitamin B6, as it is a water-soluble vitamin. Also, consume foods rich in vitamin B6 such as potatoes, chicken, lean beef, turkey, tuna, bananas, pistachio nuts, as well as supplements.
Potassium is another essential mineral required for proper function of organs, tissues and body cells. It is highly important that you obtain it in order to maintain normal water balance in the body.
Not eating foods rich in potassium while consuming plenty of salt is another common cause of potassium. The mineral has the ability to reduce the sodium levels, which is why it is so important. Consume fruits such as watermelon, rockmelon and honey melon.
Not drinking enough water can result in dehydration, which makes the body enter its survival mode and retain water. This condition can be improved by a regular consumption of water as well as juices rich in potassium and other minerals and vitamins.
Excessive Consumption of Processed Foods
And although processed foods are rich in sodium and sugar, they are often packed with artificial food additives which act as toxins, and strain the liver and kidneys. Foods rich in sugar (artificial sweeteners) cause rapid increase in blood sugar and insulin levels.
Therefore, it is highly important that you reduce the consumption of processed foods to minimum.
Reduce Edema with Beneficial Herbs
Down below is a list of herbs which are extremely beneficial for treating water retention:
- Corn silk